Buza, Zuro and the young Swedish elite boxers won gold medals at the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament

23 February 2020 News

There were 13 fights in the second competition day of thenew event of the European boxing map, at the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament in the small town of Koka. Hungary’s super talented dup Rafael Buza and Zsolt Zuro both won their tough fights in the finals when the Swedish elite boxers also impressed with their developments. 

The competition was named after a former Hungarian boxer Akos Toth who passed away in a car accident at the age of 24 in 2009. The Akos Toth Memorial Tournament is holdingin the Krisztian Berki Sports Hall in the city of Koka which is a small village and located in Pest county near to the capital of Hungary. 

Bout of the day 

A top Hungarian contest was held in the final of the junior featherweight (57kg) at the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament which supported their head coach to select the best one for the future international events in 2020. Albena 2018 EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships silver medallist Rafael Buza will be turning to 16 only later this year but he had already more than 70 contests and arrived to Koka as the favourite. Buza met in the final with his younger teammate Levente Olah who claimed bronze medal in the 2019 edition of the EUBC European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Georgia. Buza and Olah both gave in everything and their exchanges made the bout one of the most spectacular ones in Koka. The final verdict was split decision in the favour of Rafael Buza whose brother Romeo also won his weight class in the Akos Toth Memorial Tournament. 

Surprise of the day

Slovenia’s Tadej Cernoga was involved to their national team still in the end of 2016 and he competed already at the 2017 EUBC European U22 Boxing Championships, at the 2018 EUBC European Union Boxing Championships and at the Minsk 2019 European Games. The Slovenian lightweight (63kg) boxer was not able to repeat his same performance as on Day1 and Sweden’s 18-year-old new elite talent Hampus Broman defeated him on their re-match in Koka. His coach father Mikael Broman is managing Hampus’ career successfully and he could be a top Swedish elite boxer in the next Olympic cycle.

The Round-up

Hungary’s Zsolt Zuro claimed bronze medal at the Anapa 2018 EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships and he reached also the same result at the Sofia 2019 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships. The 17-year-old Hungarian had more than 120 contests already during his career and used his best rhythm to catch his opponent. His skills were enough to control his final bout against Croatia’s national team member Deni Alagic at the bantamweight (56kg). 

Croatia’s Hrvojka Cudina attended already in the 2013 edition of the EUBC European Union Women’s Boxing Championships and after a short break she returned to the world of boxing one year ago. The experienced Croatian had to meet with Hungary’s 18-year-old Bettina Kiss in the final of the women’s elite featherweight (57kg). The younger Hungarian, who claimed silver medal at the 2017 EUBC European Women’s Junior Boxing Championships, was never stopped attacking but in the bout but technically Cudina became slightly better. 

The Swedish elite boxers impressed in the second day of boxing in Koka starting with a success at the bantamweight (57kg) where Erduan Berisha was too smart for Slovenia’s Matvey Ryazanov. Their welterweight (69kg) hope Peter Ahlberg continued the winning path of the Nordic country and he defeated also a Slovenian boxer in the final, Arber Elshani which was a tight fight. 

Sweden’s Moltas Lundström joined to the elite age group on January 2019 and attended smaller international events to meet with event stronger opponents step by step. Lundström will be turning to 20 only later this year but he has all of the skills and experiences now to beat strong European rivals. The Swedish teenager defeated Hungary’s National Championships silver medallist Isaac Oroyovwe on Day1 and he controlled his next fight against Croatia’s Dino Malnar. 

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